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I want to make sure I'm not pushing my power supply to the max. It's a very cool power supply but no lie I bought it back in like 2007, and I keep it very clean and take very good care of it. It has never gave me any problems, has adjustable fan speeds, adjusts its own fan speed based on how much power it's using, etc.
Here is my question though. I want to make sure I'm not pushing it too far, but I have no idea what the mathematical process would be to find out how much wattage's I'm actually pushing. It's a 550 watt so I would like to not exceed 500. Does anyone know of a program that can tell me how much I'm actually using? Or is that even possible?
    
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post #2 of 15
I doubt you draw more than 250 watts from the wall under full load.

That being said, what make and model unit is it?
Without knowing that I cant really say.
You might be fine, or you might have a criminally overrated unit(i.e. most diablotek units)

As for seeing how much you use, a battery backup with a power display is one way, but a more common method is something called a Kill-A-Watt.
It plugs into the wall, then you plug your computer into it and it tells you how much power you are drawing at the socket.
You can then use that info and info about your PSU like its efficiency to calculate how much is being used by the system.
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Umm... let me find the model number and I will be right back with that info, just gimme a minute
    
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sfc sf-550p12
    
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post #8 of 15
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Oh wow, sorry I didn't mean to post it that many times, I thought my wireless was getting laggy and I kept hitting submit. But yeah it's a great power supply, has been in three different builds and all of which were overclocked.
    
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post #9 of 15
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I have never heard of a Kill-A-Watt though, I will have to try and find one.
    
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post #10 of 15
Let me put it to you like this:

My rig would possibly be ok on a 550W power supply (if it wasn't overclocked). Your rig is probably only drawing <250W full load.

I'm going to go get my Kill-a-Watt out and test this....be right back.
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